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Coronavirus: Licensed Premises

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 136094, tabled on 11 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason pubs cannot serve takeaway alcohol outside of their premises during the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

14 January 2021

Throughout the pandemic, the Government has listened carefully to the views of the scientific community, the information from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies and its sub-groups when taking decisions on the best way to tackle the pandemic

Allowing people to take alcohol purchases away from hospitality venues increases the risk that people will consume the alcohol nearby or congregate in public spaces. We have seen evidence where local authorities have taken enforcement action against pubs, therefore we are mitigating against this risk.

The Government has these restrictions constantly under review.

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